Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Twins' Off-season Short Stop search


The Twins certainly kept their fans guessing this off-season about how they would address the vacancy at SS. In 2021, it was Andrelton Simmons at the position, providing lots of defense, but not much in the way of offense. He was only signed to a 1 year deal, at the time it was assumed that he was just keeping the position warm for prospect Royce Lewis. Instead, Lewis had an ACL tear which ended his 2021 season in Spring Training. This was especially troubling because the 2020 season was lost for Lewis due to the pandemic and no Minor League season being played.

So what were the Twins going to do for 2022?

Luis Arraez - If you can't find a free agent or trade option, and the prospects aren't ready yet, you've got to turn to your 26 Man roster. Luis Arraez was used all over the field in 2021, though SS was not one of those places. He appeared at SS 8 times in his major league career, all in his rookie year of 2019, before a couple knee surgeries. The early rumors were that the Twins might try an infield of Donaldson at 3B, Polanco at 2B, and Arraez as the everyday SS. This thankfully for all involved did not happen. I love Luis Arraez, he's versatile in the field and an extremely entertaining hitter but to play him at short is not putting him in a position to be successful.

Jorge Polanco - Not so long ago, Jorge Polanco was the starting Shortstop for the AL at the All-Star Game. Why not have him go back to Short? Arraez can play 2B, Donaldson at 3B, and there you go! Well, not so fast... Polanco was moved off of SS for reasons very similar to Arraez. An ankle injury torpedoed Polanco's 2020 season, and his speed and defensive range were tested throughout the season, when he was healthy enough to play. For 2021, the Twins added Andrelton Simmons so Polanco's bat could stay in the lineup and provide defense at 2B. Even so, the off-season word was that the Twins might consider moving Polanco back, at least until the young guns were ready to go. Not ideal, to be sure, as Polanco proved he was able to capably play 2B and stay in the lineup for a full season, AND most importantly, put up big offensive numbers at the same time. 

Royce Lewis - All this talk about giving the prospects time to develop made some fans wonder . . . maybe don't? Royce Lewis was the #1 overall draft pick in 2017, and had been making steady progress through the minors when COVID hit in 2020 and wiped out the minor league season. Even so, the prevailing thought was that Lewis could debut in 2021, and presumably take the everyday gig by Opening Day 2022. That is, until he tore his ACL in Spring Training 2021. Even with that injury, there was talk that a strong Spring might convince the Twins to let Lewis loose on the league after all. It's for the best that they will let him learn and develop instead.

Austin Martin - arriving along with Simeon Woods-Richardson from the Blue Jays in the Jose Berrios trade, Austin Martin is listed as a short stop. The book on Martin, however, seems to imply that his big league position might be in the outfield or 3rd base rather than short. There wasn't really much chance of Martin being the Twins' everyday SS to begin the 2022 season, but it was still possible if they didn't want to go with Lewis, and didn't add anyone in a trade or free agency. 

Jermaine Palacios - Wasn't going to happen, but Palacios remains an interesting prospect. He was originally signed by the Twins in 2014 as an international free agent. He was included in a trade to Tampa for Jake Odorizzi in 2016, then came back to the Twins in 2020 as a minor league free agent. He spent 2021 in AA Wichita, and started showing some power for the first time in his professional career. He had 19 homers to go along with 18 stolen bases. He's been with the Major League club all spring in 2022, but he's likely going to start the year back in the minors. He's still only going to be 25 this season.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa - If you're not comfortable with the internal options, it's time to make a trade. Adding Kiner-Falefa cost the Twins dearly, as they traded away arguably one of the best hitting catchers in baseball. The need for a steady defender at SS was obvious, and IKF certainly can provide that for the Twins. Throw in a minor league pitching prospect, and Texas, you've got yourself a deal!

Gio Urshela - Um, ok then, just trade Kiner-Falefa away, I guess. So... now what? Gio Urshela is going to play SS? But who's playing at 3B, you also traded away Donaldson. Arraez at 3B? I guess that might not be the worst thing. Heck, I like Gio Urshela. I wanted the Twins to get him when the Yankees got him back in 2018 off waivers from Toronto. He was a great fielder in Cleveland, I was a reluctant admirer of his for years, so why not? Yeah, I can warm up to this plan. I bet Urshela can play SS just fine. But he's probably better at 3B. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

Trevor Story - Now this is exciting! Rumor has it after the trade with New York that the Twins were still not done shopping. They've been linked to Trevor Story, which would maybe seem out of character for the Twins, but remember they overpaid to get Josh Donaldson a few years ago, so the old song and dance about the penny pinching Pohlads (Twins' team Owners) is officially played out. They spent to keep Buxton too, so there's some reason to believe they'd at least make an offer to Story. The type of deal he's looking for is very steep for the Twins (or most teams, really), but it would be hard to top this player in the lineup. There are questions about his bat away from Coors, so it might be an overpay, but I think of the total package. Story is not only a slugger. He's an excellent defender and an elite baserunner. He provides value regardless. If the Twins could sign Story, they'd instantly improve. 

Sub-Zero (Bi-Han) - I ranked all of these in order of the likelihood of the Twins' starting each player as their Opening Day SS. Here's what I learned about Sub-Zero from the Mortal Kombat Wiki: Before his death, Bi-Han was the original Sub-Zero, one of the most powerful and devout warriors of the Lin Kuei clan. While essentially neutral, he was a cold-blooded, vicious assassin whose soul had become corrupted from years of violence and remorseless killing. All traits that lend well to the middle infield, I'd say. It might cause some issues with the League Office, though.

Carlos Correa - This was by far the least likely possibility, at least in the minds of Twins fans. Correa was almost certainly getting a contract like Corey Seager (10 years, $325 Million), seeing as he's younger and has an even better track record. The #1 Overall pick of the 2012 Draft, Correa has won a Platinum Glove (Gold Glove plus the best overall fielder at any position in the league), is a 2 time All-Star (remember that Polanco beat him out in one of those years), was the 2015 Rookie of the Year, and is coming off a season in which he piled up a career best 7.2 WAR. He was the biggest name free agent this off-season, and somehow the Twins managed to sign him. His contract has an opt out after this season (and after next season if he decides to stay), but that only seems to make the deal better for both sides. If he opts out it means he had a great season, which is exactly what the Twins want. He makes his Spring Training debut for the Twins tomorrow!

Friday, March 25, 2022

More 1964 Topps Venezuelan Progress (and a little bonus find!)

I'm still chipping away at this tough set, I am keeping my price at or below $10 a card, and limiting the budget month to month so I don't go broke doing this. It helps that I'm not going after graded cards and there seems to not be a ton of other collectors out there vying for these particular peculiarities. 

Really the only measure right now is glued backs / major paper loss. rounded corners are just fine, as these cards traveled a long way to get here. These cards have pushed me up over 200 for the set!

I almost passed on Nelson Mathews there, as there is a helpful "CF" written on the front, but I figured I won't find the same card any cheaper in that condition any time soon. I don't know how much upgrading I'll do on this set, it will depend on how close I can get to completing the set as is. 

I think the Tris Speaker trivia art on the back of Nelson's card is my favorite of this bunch too - another reason I'm glad I decided to add it. Mathews is not related to Ed Mathews, but Nelson's son T.J. Mathews was a middle reliever for 8 seasons in the 90s / 00s for Oakland and Saint Louis. FUN FACT.


The same eBay seller that has the 1964 Topps cards has a whole host of other random Venezuelan items like coins and paper money... and tobacco cards! This is one of several for sale from the same set, originally printed in 1943. This was the most interesting image of the group (in my highly subjective opinion). 

Any relation to José Briceño from the Rockies? The last names follow the mother's maiden name, rather than the fathers in most cases in Latin American countries, so this is probably not his great grandfather... who knows? Regardless, it was a fun little bonus to add to the collection!

Do you collect any cards from other countries (beyond the occasional O-Pee-Chee from Canada?)?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Joy of a completed (sub)set - 1969 Topps Deckle Edge

Tell me if this has happened to you, fellow collector. You've checked everything off your checklist, and that last card (probably a shortprint, or a Yankee, or both) has just made its way into your collection. You did it! You finished the set! Time to put it all in a binder all nice and organized... wait. Where's the Luis Tiant card?

I could have sworn I had this one! Well, I was all ready to post this a couple weeks ago, but I was missing old "No. 7 of 33." After a careful search of stacks of Cleveland cards, and stacks of vintage oddballs, and going through several binders, it was time to bite the bullet and spend the $1.99 to fix this. 


And now it's all done! I started this set build back in 2015, around the same time I started pretty much all of my serious set building / collecting goals. 

I was very very casual about building it, too- I think I had most of it knocked out in a few card show trips back in 2015, but the two short prints ("11B" Jimmy Wynn and "22B" Joe Foy), eluded me for a long time.

This was a pretty appealing set for a budget - most of the cards can be found for a dollar or two (less if you're buying in 2015), it's really just the short prints that can be pricey. I waited a long time to get a good price for the Jimmy Wynn. 

This last page packs quite a punch- with the exception of Al Ferrara, these are all legends of the game!

The set is "out of 33," but there are actually 35 cards in the set, as there are two #11s and two #22s. 

I'm convinced I'm going to find that Luis Tiant in some random pile somewhere... 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Hit 'em with the Heiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii(m?)

I opened some packs of 2022 Topps Series 1 a while back, and I saw this:

Which made me laugh because it reminded me of this:

So, for some reason, I decided to do... this:

and if I do that... why not do this too?

Still looking for the /50 and /25 "1st Edition" parallels, but here's /75 and /10 . . .

You know what I think? Go big or go home.


This was made easier, I think, because the Rangers acquired a new catcher, Mitch Garver. This pushed Jonah pretty far down on the depth chart so I don't know how many other people are trying to get these. I was the only person bidding on most of these. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

eBay Impulsivity


Just a few random cards to show today, trying to keep my streak of posts going a little bit longer. I miss card shows enough that I will sometimes jump on eBay and sort by ending soonest to find some fun deals. I snagged this Ryan for $10 (no one else bid on it!), for example. This card is notoriously off center like the example above.

Twins cards will often get a bid from me - I think this is my first Kiriloff autograph, when I am actively looking for them, they are too expensive!

Last but not least, this Griffey card is one I've probably seen 100s of times but never tried to bid on before. It's a "pre-rookie" card from 1988. I was the only bidder this time though! 

Do you impulse bid or impulse buy cards online? Find anything fun lately?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 21, 2022

1999 Topps All-Star Rookie First Baseman Brian Daubach

The path to the big leagues can be a long one - it was certainly the case for Brian Daubach, who was a rookie at the ripe old age of 27. It wasn't for lack of effort - in fact the slugger from Belleville, IL would become affectionately known as the charter member of the "Dirt Dogs," the role players that helped the early 2000s Red Sox finally overcome the Curse of the Bambino.


Daubach hit 21 homers in his first full season in the big leagues, while hitting a robust .294/.360/.562 slash line. He had a torrid month of August which included 7 homers and a .327 average. His slugging pct for the season would have ranked in the top 10 in the AL if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Pair that with his long road to the big leagues, and it's a great story - worthy of a spot on Topps' All-Star Rookie Team. 

Drafted in the 17th Round by the Mets in 1990 out of high school. He would spend several seasons in the minors in the Mets' org with less than impressive totals - his highest slugging percentage in his first 6 seasons was .401, and his career season high in homers to that point was just 10. Then, his reputation took a hit during the player's strike in Spring Training of 1995. Daubach was placed on the Mets' replacement players' roster with other minor league Mets, playing in Spring Training games while the MLBPA was still on the picket line. As a result of crossing the line, Daubach was barred from ever joining the Players' Association. Heading into 1996, he'd even been told by a manager that he'd never be a major leaguer, and perhaps that was enough to motivate him to prove the critics wrong. He was just starting to see some progress (22 Homers in 1996) when he became a minor league free agent. He contemplated playing in Japan, but ultimately took an offer with the Florida Marlins. He slugged over .500 for the first time in his professional career, and the following season had his breakout with the Charlotte Knights, the Marlins' AAA affiliate. He led the International league in Extra base hits, and earned a call-up to play for the big league squad in September of 1998. 

The Red Sox were intrigued by his power potential that had blossomed at the right time. Daubach would hit 20 or more homers for the Red Sox in his first four seasons - a feat accomplished just 4 other times in team history. Ted Williams, Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice, and Nomar Garciaparra being the others. He was rewarded with a $2.325 Million Dollar deal for 2002, where he would once again hit better than league average (111 OPS+) with another 20 homers for Boston. The Team would have the choice between bringing back Daubach to play first, or they could take a flier on a young player just cut loose by the Twins. The Sox chose Ortiz, so Daubach was on the move again.

Daubach spent a season in Chicago, where he'd play first base, DH, and both corner outfield positions. He hit just .230/.352/.388 in his lone South Side season, and was left looking for another gig that offseason. 2004 would bring him back to Boston, ostensibly as an insurance/injury replacement. He'd find his way into the lineup just 30 times that summer, but Red Sox fans were happy to have him all the same. He would return to the organization that drafted him in 2005, splitting time between the AAA Norfolk Tides and the Mets. He hit pretty well in Norfolk, with 16 homers and a .325 average. He would spend one more season in the minors, moving over to the Cardinals' AAA team in Memphis before retiring and getting into coaching. He is currently the hitting coach for the AAA Rochester Red Wings, and was the manager in Harrisburg when the Nationals drafted Bryce Harper. 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

I Love the 80s - 1982 Milwaukee Brewers

    This is a series of posts on a 1980's Frankenset. Each page features a different team, with 9 of my personal favorite cards from that year's team. You might find players repeated, you'll definitely see brands repeated, but hopefully you'll agree that there are some interesting selections from the 1980s!

In 1981, The Brewers were 2nd half champs in the AL East, which bought them a ticket to the ALDS against the New York Yankees. It was a close and tightly contested series, but the Yankees prevailed in 5 games. It was a great season for the Brewers all the same, as they reached the post season for the first time in their franchise history. Rollie Fingers was the AL Cy Young Winner, and the league MVP, the first American League Relief pitcher to win MVP honors.

The Brewers had quite the encore planned for 1982. A Brewer would win MVP again, this time it was Robin Yount, and the team would once again win the AL East. It was a close pennant race all season, and it would come down to one game against the rival Baltimore Orioles. After beating Baltimore and taking all 5 games to outlast the formidable California Angels, the Brewers took the St. Louis Cardinals to the limit as well. Game 7 would ultimately tip in the Cardinals' favor, but the Brewers proved to be a tough test and a worthy opponent.

The Cards:

Fleer # 146 Paul Molitor - The knock on Molitor early in his Hall of Fame career was his inability to stay on the field. Injuries limited him to just 64 games in an already strike shortened 1981 season, but he proved his durability in the Brewers' pennant winning 1982 campaign. Piling up base hits at the top of the Brewers' lineup, Molitor had the most plate appearances and most at bats in the league. More importantly, he led the AL in runs scored with 136, which was the highest run total in the American League since 1949! Molitor also hit .355 in the 1982 World Series in a losing effort. He would go on to win the WS MVP in 1993 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Molitor was a 7 time All-Star and finished his career with 3,319 hits which ranks #10 All-Time.

Fleer # 141 Rollie Fingers - Acquiring Fingers before the start of the 1981 season (along with fellow HOFer Ted Simmons), turned the Brewers into a contender nearly overnight. He demonstrated exactly what they were trading for when he posted an absurd 333 ERA+ (100 is league average), tallying 28 saves in 47 appearances. He allowed just 9 runs all season, for a 1.04 ERA and cruised to a Cy Young and a league MVP award. His final save of the regular season came in the team's final game, when he struck out Lou Whitaker to pinch the Brewers post season ticket. The 7 time All-Star won 3 World Series with the Oakland A's in the mid 70s, and helped the Brewers get very very close to two more. After his playing days, he allowed his name to be attached to arguably the worst sports card repack product ever assembled. But what a moustache!

Donruss # 510 Robin Yount - Had to get a card of Yount on this page, This one was my favorite of the options available. Yount of course was the 1982 AL MVP, leading the league in hits, doubles, slugging pct, OPS+ and total bases. He was the first SS to lead the AL in slugging, and along with Cal Ripken helped re-define the position from the offensive side of the plate. Yount's offensive outburst continued in the post season, hitting over .400 in the World Series, but it wouldn't be enough to beat the Cardinals in the end. Yount would win another MVP in 1989, and finished his career with over 3,100 hits. In some ways he was an underappreciated superstar, making just 3 All-Star teams in his 20 year career. He excelled both at SS and in CF, playing roughly half of his career at either position. 

Topps # 542 Ned Yost - Better known in recent years for his time as a manager, Yost was a 3rd string catcher for the Brewers behind Simmons and Charlie Moore. He would have his most productive season with Texas in 1984, playing in 80 games. He would hit just .182/.201/.273 that season in 242 plate appearances, which resulted in the the Rangers granting him his release in advance of the 1985 season. Yost moved into the coaching ranks as a bullpen coach in Atlanta during their 1990s dynasty and worked his way up to becoming the Milwaukee Brewers manager in the early to mid 2000s. He would move to Kansas City where he presided over the team's resurgence as an AL Central power and led the team to back-to-back World Series appearances and a Championship in 2015. Yost retired following the 2019 season. 

Fleer # 150 Charlie Moore - Moore brought creativity and flair to Male Pattern Baldness as the everyday Catcher for the Brewers for a several years, and in 1981 as the primary backup catcher to Hall of Famer Ted Simmons. Moore had several seasons with above average offensive production while providing some excitement behind the plate - leading the league in passed balls in 1977. To make room for Simmons, Moore moved from behind the plate to Right Field for 1982 and 1983. Moore also had sneaky speed for a catcher; he had double digit steal totals twice, and for his career hit more Triples than Home runs.

Topps # 93 Larry Hisle - Larry seems to be saying, "Get your own helmet, this ones mine!" Hisle was a two sport star in high school, and opted for baseball despite a scholarship offer from The Ohio State University. He still attended the school in the off-season, while climbing through the minor league systems of several teams. Injuries would ultimately de-rail a promising career, highlighted by a 1977 campaign that saw Hisle lead the AL in runs batted in. He'd follow that up in 1978 with a 30+ homer and 100+ RBI season with his first season in Milwaukee. Hisle would tear his rotator cuff in 1979, which severely limited his productivity in the field and at the plate. Hisle would go on to serve as the Blue Jays hitting coach in 1992 and 1993 for a pair of World Series rings. Blue Jays batters finished 1-2-3 in the AL batting race in 1993.

Fleer # 146 Rickey Keeton - Keeton appeared in 22 big league games in 1980 and 81 for the Brewers, winning 3 games and losing 2. In College, he pitched in the College World Series and earned a win in his first start. He moved quickly through the minors as a 3rd round pick in 1978 by the Brewers, winning 29 games in two full seasons. After being traded by the Brewers, he pitched for several more seasons in the high minors for the Astros and Royals. Following his playing career, he became a coach and was the pitching coach for several minor league teams in the 1990s. He returned home to Cincinnati and serves as a youth pitching instructor for a baseball academy. 

Fleer # 145 Roy Howell - A first round pick by the Rangers, Howell became an All-Star as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1978. He almost didn't make it to the big leagues, being shot(!) twice (!!) in two weeks (!!!) by strangers in two different off-season hunting accidents (no, really, read his SABR bio). A starter in Toronto, Howell was a Free Agent following the 1980 season, and opted for a reserve role with an up and coming Milwaukee team. Howell filled in at both corner infield positions, RF, and DH as needed for the Brewers, and turned up in the 1981 ALDS against the Yankees with a pair of singles and a pair of walks in 7 plate appearances. He'd go hitless in the 1982 World Series but did score a run, the first run of Game 2, which the Brewers ultimately lost. After his playing days, Howell spent time working in the insurance industry before returning to baseball as a coach in the Padres system. He was a hitting coach as recently as 2020 with the Tacoma Rainiers.

Topps # 280 Ben Oglivie - Oglivie was already a long time MLB veteran when he came to the Brewers in 1978, and had his best seasons in Milwaukee. The 3 time All-Star led the AL in homers with 41 in 1980, while hitting .304/.362/.563 as the Brew-Crew's middle of the order thunder. Born in Panama, he was the first foreign-born MLB HR king. For his career he posted a 118 OPS+, well above league average at the plate, even though his last few seasons were marred by nagging injuries and limited production. After his final MLB season, Oglivie spent two years in Japan with the Osaka Kinetsu Buffaloes, joining forces with his former Brewers teammate Dick Davis. He slashed .306/.375/.539 in Japan and hit 46 homers over the two seasons. 

Saturday, March 19, 2022



When you are a die-hard fan of a specific team, the urge to jump in with two feet collecting "the new guy" can be hard to resist. The Twins had a pretty glaring need this off-season to add a shortstop. Their 2021 option, Andrelton Simmons, brought the glove, but also had a career worst season at the plate. He signed with the Cubs as soon as the lockout ended, so that plan was out. The Twins made a tough decision to part with Mitch Garver, one of the best hitting catchers in the majors over the last 3 seasons, to get their guy. So, of course, I was happy that the Twins found someone to play SS and went right to eBay to stock up on the Isiah Kiner-Falefa hiiiiits!

Get used to this clean shaven look, kid, you're headed to the Yankees!

Let's talk about IKF's Twins career. 

Ok, now that's out of the way.

Of course, Kiner-Falefa was here for just a short time, but without him, the Twins likely would not have been able to trade Donaldson to free up the necessary capital to sign Carlos Correa. Wait, the Twins signed Carlos Correa?!? I better get over to eBay!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Byron O'Buxton and the Luck of the Irish


Major League Baseball is back - Spring Training games started today, and the first at bat of the first game was by Byron Buxton. A single and a stolen base in today's game against Boston, and it came on Saint Patrick's Day! If anyone is due for a little luck, it's Buxton - he's been snakebitten by a series of hard-luck injuries in his career. I'm glad Topps chose Buxton for this instead of Josh Donaldson for this Twins card.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day and happy first day of Spring (Training)!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

I Kennys See CLEAR-ly Now


This has been a long long LONG time coming! I've had several different saved searches on eBay. "Kennys Vargas," "Kenny Vargas," "Kennys Vargas Clear," "Kennys Vargas Acetate," "Kennys Vargas /10" "Kenny Vargas /10" "Vargas Clear" "Vargas Acetate" "2015 Topps Clear" "2015 Topps Acetate" "2015 Topps /10" All of these searches would have no new results for months at a time. When results did pop up, I would be briefly excited, only to feel deflated soon after. 

And then, finally! A new listing appeared! COULD IT BE? The listing was for "2015 Topps Kenny Varga Clear 2/10" Close enough! BUY IT NOW!

My first post about trying to put together this rainbow was added on March 16, 2015 - no kidding!

And now, just 7 short years later, the card appeared as though it was the most normal thing in the world to be listed for sale. In the comments section for that 2015 post I lamented that I waited too long to decide to try for the rainbow - 2 copies of the Topps Clear version had already sold, and none were available for purchase. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first time this card was up for sale on eBay since then.

Here are the lowest print run Kennys I have in the various issues from 2015 Topps. A Chrome red refractor /5, an online only Topps Mini /5, and oh, yeah, I have the platinum 1/1 too. So... now what? Well, I missed out on the Chrome Superfractor about 6 years ago, maybe that will go on sale some day? I also have yet to see any 2015 printing plates of Kennys in the wild or online, I guess that would really complete the set. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The InternationAlous

While working on building the 1964 Topps Venezuelan set, I have run into several other sets from other countries. I'm not going to even think about building those sets (yet), but every once in a while I see something I can't ignore. I am a big fan of the Alou brothers - Felipe, Matty and Jesús.

I found this 1962 Topps Venezuelan of the big brother Felipe. The original Topps version mentions his brother Matty Alou, but the Venezuelan version only includes the first factoid about Felipe, noting that he's getting better every year for the Giants, and became a "top star" in 1961. It also mentions his PCL betting title from 1958. The cartoon is the same for both, mentioning another batting title, this time for hitting .380 in the D-League in 1956. 

Speaking of brother Matty, after being released by the Padres in 1974, middle brother Matty traveled west to Japan. He played 50 games for the Taiheiyo Club Lions in 74, hitting .312 with 12 doubles and a pair of home runs. This card is from the 1975-1976 Calbee set, and features a full bleed photo like Stadium Club some 15 years later in the States. He actually has a pair of cards in this set, you can read about the other card on the blog "Getting Back into Baseball Cards . . . In Japan

Here's the back of the card - I don't speak or read or write Japanese, but I can tell you that this was card #602 in the set. I randomly stumbled across this card while waiting for a different eBay auction to end.

And just for the sake of a full set of Alou brothers, here's an American Jesús. Overwhelming millions everyday, like the song says. 

Jesús may not have had the same statistical success as his older brothers - he didn't win batting titles like Matty, he didn't go on to managerial success like Felipe, but he did manage to win 2 World Series championships while playing with Oakland, more than both his brothers combined. 

I'll continue to keep my eye out for more Alous, no matter where their cards were printed. Thanks for reading!